In 2005, I heard the news of two teenage boys who were publicly hung in Iran on charges involving homosexual behavior. Of the few published photographs of the episode, the most shocking to me was an image of the boys, blindfolded, just moments before their death on the scaffold. Thinking about ways to counter homophobia, I began to depict my own life in my work with the aim to challenge stereotypes usually represented in mainstream media.
I started to photograph Darrin as an expression of love, aware that relationships such as mine continue to struggle for acceptance and social justice worldwide. This ongoing series relates to a personal journey of discovery, self-reliance, and affirmation, especially for those of us who venture to establish a sense of encouragement and historical inclusion.